Pollan-inspired Poems about Climate Change

By Staff

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Sound familiar? Catchy? Both? It’s the mantra of Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food, which was released last month.  In response, Gristmill and the Natural Resources Defense Council blog Switchboard have invited readers to create their own seven-word, two-three-two-structured poems on climate change.  Some of the better submissions:

Use energy. Not too much. Mostly renewables.

Drive less. Ride a bike. Every day.

Climate challenge. Our greatest opportunity. Seize it.

Even though it’s hard to squeeze anything very substantial into seven words, the structure is addictive. Check out the websites, and contribute some of your own poems. Or, rather: Dig Pollan. Check it out. Write poetry.

Sarah Pumroy

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